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1975 Raleigh Competition Stunning Time Capsule - Rare Mint Black Dura Ace First Gen

Old 05-11-22, 06:10 PM
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1975 Raleigh Competition Stunning Time Capsule - Rare Mint Black Dura Ace First Gen

So I've been keeping an eye out (and learning about) 80s Dura Ace in the hopes of finding a nice gruppo to build up my the 3Rensho frame I was fortunate to stumble across.

What showed up locally that I ended up with... an absolutely stunning time capsule of a Raleigh Competition Mk 1. It doesn't really count as a project as it is near flawless. It was sold by the son of the original owner who bought it in Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1975.

It had been cleaned up before I picked it up, but the story as I understand it is that it was ridden a lot and clearly loved after being bought, but has been dry stored and unridden for the past few decades.

What I find so incredible are the modifications. Basically, they broadly consist of adding the the first generation of Shimano Dura Ace group-set, almost but not quite in it's entirety. And it's the rare black version. Black hubs, black shifters, black front and rear mech, etc.

It also seems like the original rear brake cable stay bridge was tastefully removed (!) when the center-pulls were replaced with the all black first generation Dura Ace calipers.

The looks stunning and so well integrated, aesthetically and mechanically. They take the whole English black and gold 1970s colour scheme to a whole new level. It reminds me so much of the old John Player Special Lotus and JPS motorbike schemes that I loved (I had a 1970s Lotus Europa... best handling car I ever owned).

I haven't had time to dig in, or clean up the bike (not that it needs it).... but it is just so stunning I had to take some quick photos to share here.

Ah, and the real kick in the pants is that it was also upgraded with a near perfect condition Ideale TB90 alloy railed competition saddle! That alone is worth much more than I paid for the bike. Talk about good fortune...























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Old 05-11-22, 06:15 PM
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Old 05-11-22, 07:28 PM
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Very nice, I think a bike that someone felt worthy of upgrading a decade after its original purchase speaks well of the bike and (and the prior owner) and has its own unique history. Will be interested in hearing if you are planning any changes!
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Love everything about it, except for the angle the saddle is set at. (and the fact that's one size larger than ideal )

Curious that the previous owner went with 27" hoops. Were they originally from England?
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Nice. Looks well built.
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An awesome find, you are lucky.

I never liked center pull brakes and replaced mine with the same first gen Dura Ace brake set.

Mind showing us where they removed the original brake cable bridge. Why not just leave it alone? They were nicely done.

Why not use the cable housing stops and avoid the cable clamps?

Bah!, it's still a nice bike and a great find!
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Both my bikes have those first-gen D-A brake calipers, and my Raleigh Comp GS has them in black. Of course the rest is a mishmash, so it's very cool seeing an example with the full group. Nice bike.

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Thats a great old Raleigh!
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Sweet, that looks great!
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